Here’s a spot in Rotterdam that has captured my affection: a rugged South-French café nestled on Tiendplein. By day, it’s a haven for coffee aficionados and pastry lovers. As the sun dips lower, the kitchen awakens to serve up hearty dishes inspired by Southeast France, tinged with flavours from its bordering nations.
One of the aspects that truly enamours me is the sheer authenticity. You’re not stepping into a phoney setting; it’s honest and lively, reflecting the true spirit of a local haunt. My visits often align with the craving for a casual drink—like that one Sunday morning we popped in for lunch. They had Maria Callas serenading the room, and each savoury fish dish, paired with a glass of fine wine, seemed to perfect the day.
Then there’s the setting; just outside is the West Kruiskade, a bustling city artery. It’s a feast for the eyes, teeming with life and stories. The location of this café offers a front-row seat to the vibrant tapestry of Rotterdam’s streetscape. It’s one of those places where the city’s pulse is real, making every visit uniquely memorable.